Madeira island Hotel – Quinta Casa Velha do Palheiro

Casa Velha do Palheiro

Perfectly located in the hills above Funchal in the Palheiro Estate, Casa Velha do Palheiro is a graceful 5 star Madeira country house hotel, with 37 luxurious rooms.

The award winning Casa Velha website has now launched a brand new website with aim of catering to the vast amount of site users that visit on mobile devices. The site now boasts a fast and responsive user interface with online reservations, quality video feeds, high resolution image gallery and ample information about the Palheiro Golf course, Palheiro Gardens, Palheiro Estate and the Madeira Marlin Sportfishing boat ‘Balancal’. Of course, to be able to give site users a friendly experience whether they are on a PC, tablet or smart phone – the new site is fully responsive and adapts to display on all devices.

The hotel is situated next to the famous Palheiro Gardens, originally created over 200 years ago by the 1st Count of Carvalhal. There is also direct access to the stunning Palheiro Golf Course, with privileged tee offs from the halfway house, a short stroll from the gate.

Within the grounds there is a heated swimming pool with sauna and steam bath: Tennis or croquet, billiards or walking: the choice is yours. Our private motor yacht ‘Balancal’ awaits your pleasure at Funchal marina. It is available for coastal cruises, swimming, dolphin and whale watching, as well as deep sea big game fishing and special charters.

Casa Velha do Palheiro is the ideal hotel for the visiting golfer, as it is the only hotel on the island situated right next to a golf course.

The Palheiro Spa is a perfect complement to the existing attractions at the Casa Velha. Highly regarded local architect Bruno Martins, has integrated rustic elements with the classic style of the 200 year old Casa Velha hotel to ensure the new spa enhances the site.

“Palheiro Spa has been designed as an extension of the natural surroundings”, says Jonathan Fletcher, director of Palheiro Estate, “with local materials and native planting used wherever possible.”

Navega Bem Web Design were commissioned to design and develop the new website and this is the fourth website that the company has created for Quinta Casa Velha since 2007.

Chris Szabo, Marketing and Creative Director for Navega Bem explained “Our design brief was very simple. Create a brand new website that offers visitors an experience that more simple, more useful, and more enjoyable.
To ensure the site will have the maximum possible reach we have developed it around the Joomla CMS platform and created a ‘responsive’ website that will adapt to display on any device.
With the site being accessed from mobile devices by more than 50% of visitors, it is essential that the website can be viewed in a user friendly way that allows potential tourists to make a buying decision and book their stay in Quinta Casa Velha online.

We are very honoured that we were once again been asked to do the new website and we believe that this is not only due to the success of the previous sites but also the invaluable experience we have accumulated doing hotel sites on an international level.

Translating and Interpreting Service in Hamburg launches new site

Translating and interpreting service Arabic-German

Samir Faltas translation services interpret and translate for you into all the languages of the Middle East as well as African and Asian languages.
As CEO of the Language medium Niedersachsen / Hamburg they offer you individual translations and interpreting services. 

Their translation services are handled quickly and professionally. They operate in many different sectors and do translations both in the technical as well as in the legal fields. In the medical industry we implement the monitoring and care of patients.

The site has ben developed by Joomla CMS Professionals Navega Bem – Web Design based on Madeira island, Portugal.
Pestana Nobrega, software engineer explained “We have developed the site using the Joomla! CMS  framework. This particular solution gives us total flexibility to create the site the way it was designed and will allow the owner to manage the site without any requirement to have knowledge about programming or HTML.”

“The site is multilingual and is presented in German and Arabic. English will follow at a later date. We have also made the site fully ‘responsive‘ – so it will adapt to display on all devices in a very user friendly manner.”

Visit the new Samir Faltas website at:

To learn more about Joomla CMS website solutions visit Navega Bem – Web Design.

Holiday Apartment Rentals for Wengen in Switzerland

Wengen Holiday Apartment Rentals

Swiss Maid Services offer a wide range of holiday apartments from which you are sure to find the perfect accommodation to suit your needs. Their portfolio ranges from charming, cosy flats for the budget-conscious guest, to high-end luxurious ski-in, ski-out properties – all located in the picturesque village of Wengen in the Swiss Alps.

Swiss Maid Services have now launched their new ‘Wengen Holiday Rental Portal‘ which has been developed by CMS specialists ‘Navega Bem – Web Design‘.
The digital marketing company which is based on Madeira island, Portugal – have developed the site around the highly successful open source CMS framework Joomla!

Chris Szabo, Creative Director explained “Joomla! is the perfect choice for this type of project. It allows the site owner to very easily manage the site content without having to understand any programming or HTML. Swiss Maid Services can at any time login to the site and add, edit or delete properties from their portfolio.”

“Of particular value is the fact that Joomla! supports responsive site development and therefore this portal will adapt to display on any device in a user friendly manner. No Apps are necessary to be able to view and use the site on tablets or other mobile devices.”

Julie Doyle, Founder of Swiss Maid Services, has been a resident of Wengen for the past 24 years and has been renting out apartment properties for the past 10 years.

With a background in hospitality, extensive local knowledge and experience, as well as a commitment to superb customer service, Julie and her team are sure they can make your stay in Wengen a very special one. They are happy to make recommendations and suggestions about local activities, or assist with local arrangements.

Visit the new ‘Wengen Holiday Rental Portal‘ here.

To learn more about professional Joomla! CMS Property and Holiday Rental websites visit Navega Bem – Web Design.

Navega Bem launches its new responsive Joomla! website

Navega Bem - Web Design

Always much too busy with client websites, it has been 8 years since Navega Bem – Web Design have developed a new company website for themselves.
Of course the old website was often updated with content and the SEO was always being improved – but the site performed so well in the search engines and brought in so much business that there was just no time and no real reason to create a new one.

The original Navega Bem webisiteWell, all that changed when ‘responsive’ websites became the norm and we became aware that we were not really flying the flag if our own site didn’t conform with those of our clients. Our old site was not only ‘fixed width’, but it wasn’t even a Joomla! CMS.

We still smile when we look at the awards we received from Joomla! Showcase portals over the years – because our old site was not a Joomla! website and we never said that it was. It was pure hand coded HTML.

And so today, we launch our new website that certainly is Joomla! and is fully responsive (so it will adapt to display on any device).

The site has been developed around Joomla! 3 and we love it. I am sure it will grow and evolve much faster than the last one and now that we are using the best CMS on the planet as its very framework, we can add amazing functionality and change it very quickly indeed whenever we wish.

So please enjoy our site. Take a new look at:

Improving your business when the economy is down

Improving your business when the economy is down

Don’t sit and wait for things to turn around… do something now!

It’s no fun at all doing business when the economy hits a low. For so many companies, the low profits and the stress can lead to irrational and impulsive, rather than strategic, decision making.
But for many companies this can be a very positive turning point.
If you are committed to quality and really intend to keep improving, then consider using this slump in the economy as an opportunity to scrutinise your business. 

Be tactical in making difficult decisions about cutting costs, improving strategy and systems, or even communicating with your clients, customers, re-sellers, or employees.
Professional company directors and managers will use every single opportunity to become even better.

Your website is the front door to your business

What kind of importance do you place on a website for your business?
Your customers and prospective customers will get a very distinct impression about your business from your online presence. So what do you think your website is telling people about your company?
Your customers are going online more and more, and they expect you to be there. If you’re not, you can be sure that your competitors are.

I often get the impression that a Website is not at the top of a company’s priority list. Why is that? I know the answer is that many company owners are unaware of the enormous potential in increased business!
The many companies that do have a well-designed, professional web presence are industry leaders. Their website’s look great because they have employed professionals to develop and market the ‘first thing’ most of their clients will ever see about them.
Remember that you are in business to build, sell equipment, provide services etc.., not to do Web Design. Save yourself a lot of time and headaches and leave it to the experts. Leave it to ‘Navega Bem‘.

So what can ‘Navega Bem’ do for you and your business?

Consider a CMS website that allows you and your staff to update the site yourselves. The site will be fully ‘responsive‘ and adapt to display on any device. You need no experience with programming or HTML and you can update your site from anywhere in the world. All you require is a web browser and an internet connection.
Consider selling your products or services online. Studies have shown that you can expect an increase in business of up to 250% by accepting credit card payments on your web site.

Consider just having a new web presence. A web site that is developed by professionals and a site that takes full advantage of today’s technology and advances. A site that shows your clients how much you care about your business.

 To learn how we can help you turn your business around please fill in our ‘Proposal Request Form‘ and we’ll get back to you with all the information you require.